Bed Bath & Beyond Again Warns of Bankruptcy If New Stock Offering Doesn't Pay Off

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  • Bed Bath & Beyond said Thursday it is offering $300 million in stock as the company warns, once again, it may need to file for bankruptcy protection.
  • The troubled retailer has been searching for buyers in order to stave off a bankruptcy filing.
  • In February Bed Bath & Beyond proposed a stock offering that would infuse $1 billion into the company, then considered a last-ditch effort by the retailer to stay out of bankruptcy court.

Bed Bath & Beyond is warning of a bankruptcy filing — again — if a proposed $300 million stock offering doesn't pay off.

The beleaguered retailer said if it doesn't receive proceeds from the stock offering, announced Thursday, it will likely need to file for bankruptcy protection.

In addition, the company disclosed that the loans it secured last year were downsized. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said its $565 million revolving loan was decreased from $565 million to $300 million. As part of the amendment to its loans, Bed Bath will now be on the hook for monthly interest payments.

The latest updates come after Bed Bath finalized what was then-believed to be a Hail Mary stock offering in February that had been expected to infuse more than $1 billion in equity into the company. From that offering Bed Bath brought in $225 million, which it used to pay some of its debts.

Yet Bed Bath's stock price has been on a precipitous decline in recent months, weighing on its fundraising efforts. On Thursday its stock was down roughly 17% to below 70 cents a share.

On Thursday the company also reported preliminary results for its fiscal fourth quarter, with net sales of roughly $1.2 billion and comparable store sales declining in the range of 40% to 50%. The company noted negative operating losses have continued, although it noted it hasn't depleted its free cash flow.

The company reported $2.05 billion in revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2021.

Bed Bath has been desperate to stay out of bankruptcy court. It has been searching for buyers and investors in recent months, CNBC previously reported.

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